Trying to Conceive? A Look at the Effectiveness of Acupuncture and Fertility

Close up Bare Hand of a Man Covering Small Flowers at the Garden with Sunlight Between Fingers.Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture and herbal medicine, has long been used to manage pain, treat disease, boost fertility, and prevent miscarriage.

Tel Aviv University researchers have further discovered that a combination of TCM and intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a winning solution for women who are having difficulty conceiving. They have also found a positive link between acupuncture and fertility.

In the first study measuring the effectiveness of both acupuncture and herbs in combination with IUI infertility treatment, Shahar Lev-Ari, M.D., and Keren Sela of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine say the results show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan.

When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5% of the test group was able to conceive, compared with 39.4% of the control group, which received no acupuncture or herbal therapy.

According to the researchers, there are several theories as to why TCM, including acupuncture, can be beneficial to fertility rates, including the possibility that acupuncture and herbal remedies can affect ovulation and menstrual cycles, enhance blood flow to the uterus, and increase endorphin production to inhibit the central nervous system and induce calm. All of these factors can contribute to successful conception.

Acupuncture fertility treatments can also:

  • Improve ovarian function
  • Rebalance the endocrine system
  • Regulate menstruation
  • Reduce stress

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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